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Larkya peak/Manasalu Circuit Trek

OVERVIEW

Larkya Peak is located on the way to Manasalu circuit trekking and required 18 days’ time to climb in combination with the Manaslu Circuit Trek. It offers fairly easy climbing with fabulous views of Manaslu, the Annapurna, Ganesh Himal and beyond. There are two Larkya sano 5, 807m. (Small) and Thulo 6,249m. (big) often confusing either big or small. Our suggested Itinerary for big Larkya peak as small  Larkya peak is often leading up a steep line to a subsidiary peak  (5,807m). Base camp is close to the Larkya La, a pass of 5,135m. The small Larkya Peak can climb in a long day from this base camp however, the big Larkya (6,249m), required one night stay at high camp in a tent. Big Larkya Peak is a long but easy climb on snow slopes that are slightly less steep than Sano Larkya Peak. The suggested best option is to make a high camp and then climber may complete both peaks.

Itinerary of Larkya peak/Manasalu Circuit Trek

Our Company representative will be standing in front of arrival gate to meets you at Tribhuban International Airport, Kathmandu holding a board of our company SNOWPAL TREK AND EXPEDITION Pvt. Ltd. along with your Name and transfer to your hotel.

Overnight in a Boutique Hotel on BB Basis

After Breakfast first we check all the trekking equipment and gear for the final departure to trekking and start full day sightseeing proceeds to world heritage site to Syambhunath Stupa The Buddhist sanctuary said to be nearly 2000 years old. The hill itself is pleasant place overlooking the entire valley of Kathmandu. The all seeing eyes of Lord Buddha painted in prominent blue atop the dome are visible from long distance from around the Kathmandu city. Then proceed to patan durbar squar also call Lalitpur the city full of fine arts. It cover the dozen of temples like Krishna Mandir, Kumbeswor temple, Golden temle. Next site proceed to Pashupatinath Temple the holiest Hindu Temple situated on the bank of sacred holy river Bagmati. Sightseeing continues to the Boudhanath Stupa the biggest Stupa around inhabited by Tibetan Refugee since 1959AD. The day ends at Kathmandu Durbar Squar where can visti the Living Goddes Kumari who appear on the balcony of her temple to greet her devotees, Kastamandap temple (Though now it is under reconstruction process after collapsed in earthquake in 25 April 2014), the temple made out of single tree and named Kathmandu as it was known as Kantipur in earlier times. Kathmandu Durbar Squar cover dozen of temple concluding Kumari temple, Hanuman Dhoka, Maizu dewal, Taleju temple, Nautale Durbar, Kaal Bhairav, freak street and many more.

Overnight in Hotel on BB Basis

60km drive along the Kathmandu–Pokhara Highway to lead to Malekhu and 19km secondary tarred road heads to north by the bank of Thopal Khola to Dhading Besi. 35km dirt road drives northwest through Gola Bhanjyang where you can have panoramic views of Ganesh himal, Manasalu and Buddha himal  to  reach our destination to Soti Khola in approximately 9 hours from Kathmandu for 129km in total. As soon arrived Arighat Bazar (620m/2,034ft) the nest settlement and a second main bazaar of the region in route, we head north, following the Budhi Gandaki. In the low region rice paddies and picturesque hamlets surround us. The river Soti Khola (730m/ 2,395ft) the tributary of Dundare Khola.

Overnight in Soti Khola Bazar;

Meal: B.L.D.

The country changes, the broad valley narrows and at times the trail is cut into the steep valley side, which is densely forested. We pass a number of small villages, tucked into the hillside, until we reach a widening of the valley, opposite the point where a large tributary stream enters the Budhi Gandaki. The terraced farmland here belongs to the village of Lapbesi. We descend once again to the wide, sandy riverbed and follow a path, which runs below the steep, craggy valley side. At length, we descend once again to the wide, sandy riverbed and follow a path, which runs below the steep, craggy valley side. At length, we have to climb up once again on a trail to Machha Khola. We camp outside the village, which has a number of teashops.

Overnight Machha Khola;

Meal: B.L.D.

It will be quite a longer day considerable exposure. From Machha Khola- Fish Stream to the tiny village of Kholra Bensi and the hot springs at Tatopani. The valley sides are steeping until they are impassable and the route then switches to the left bank by way of a suspension bridge and then climb on a high path to the fields of Jagat, where we camp.

Overnight in Jagat;

Meal: B.L.D.

After descending a long series of stone steps to the river, we climb a terraced hill to Saguleri, from where we can see the impressive Sringi Himal, 7187m. Crossing the river again, at Gata Khola, the path splits with the right –hand branch heading off towards the Ganesh Himal. Our route continues upstream, through a gorge section with towering walls. We cross the river three more times in the next two hours to avoid difficult valley sides and then climb up over a further steep spur to reach the village of Deng (four houses), where we camp. Today is a longer day of around 8 hours trekking.

Overnight in Lodge at Dyang;

Meal: B.L.D.

The valley is still steep-sided and most impressive. We cross to the village of Lana and start to see mani stones (prayers etched onto wayside rocks), a sure sign that we are entering a the high country Buddhist regions. After only about four hours we reach our camping place at the village of Ghap, which straddles the river. We have entered the Tibetan areas and the cultural change is obvious and the climate is also obvious the trekking is pleasantly cool now, as we start to gain the altitude.

Overnight in Lodge,

Meal: B.L.D.

We gain altitude to take us into alpine territory and increasing mountain views. There are more Mani wall and 3 more crossing of the Budhi Gandaki on our route to Namrung, where our special permit is checked. Above this village the valley opens out and there are extensive pastures. Climbing gently now and cross a large stream flowing down from the Lindanda Glaciers and reach the Tibetan village of Sho 3000m. We get our first incredible views of the Manalu North and then of Manaslu main ahead from Sho. As we continue we come to Lho, a large village at 3150 meters where there is a lovely little monastery and numerous chortens and Manis. Looking back Ganesh I is visible.

Overnight in Lodge;

Meal: B.L.D.

Leaving the village, we follow the right bank of the river, with views of Peak 29 ahead. As we continue on the main trail, we soon reach the fields of Sama Gaon, 3530m. It is not usual to encounter yak encounter trains here carrying timber, some of which to end up in Tibet. Overnight in Samagoun;

Meal: B.L.D.

As we will have gained a massive and high altitude and our journey continues above 3500m/11,483ft), we will acclimatize ourselves with the climate. Surrounded by the mountains in a peaceful forest, Sama is the regional center of Nupri. Explore the village architecture and customs. The manufacture of hooked rugs are important occupations for trade with Tibet. Yak and dzopkyo herds and houses are kept and traded. Also can explore the Birendra Tal, Pungyen Gompa, Manaslu Base Camp (4,400m/14,436ft.)  or we take a rest day to acclimatize and relax. It is a good time to catch up on the book or wash clothes.

Overnight at Tasidelek Lodge.

Meal: B.L.D.

Descend towards the Budhi Gandaki, the large river now merely a stream and pass the lake and Case camp trail as well as the valley begins to widen. This is an easy trail along a shelf avove the river past juniper and birch forest that surround Kermo Kharka. The Superb views with Samdo Peak (6,330m) and also it is a dramatic glacial basin to the east. Samdo it the last village before Gho in the, only informal Kharkas lodge lie between these village.

Overnight in Samdo;

Meal: B.L.D.

We cross the Budhi Gandaki descending the northern village fields. Follow the trail with scrub juniper, rhododendron and lichen covered granite above the Syacha Khola valley. There are views of Cho Danda and then of Larkya Peak. Finally, we walk across the moraines of the glacier, making a gradual ascent, Cheo Himal, Kangguru and the huge Annapurna II.

Overnight in Dharamsala;

Meal: B.L.D.

Full acclimatization day at Larkya Base Camp and fully prepare to climb the Larkya peak for the upcoming day. Pre climbing training will be conduct at Lakkya Peak Base Camp (5,160m)). Our climbing guid trains the techniques of climbing, safety rule at glacier and ways of using and handing climbing gear such as the ice axe, climbing boots, crampons, harness ascender etc. If you are already experienced and well trained mountaineers then it is not compulsory to take part in training session. Our main aim is to assist and guide the beginners who are willing to climb various peaks considering the safety measures in mind.

Overnight at tended Camp.

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

The day starts gradual ascend continue through steep path and narrow rocky channels comparatively more difficult. As soon we arrive the high camp, Our Sherpa crew start to set up the camp site. Check up your health condition and fully acclimatize at high camp.

 

Overnight at Tended camp

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Following the instruction and guidance of climbing experts Sherpa guide, the day start very early morning to reach the summit before windy afternoon which may make obstacles to push summit of Larkya Peak. The most technical section where you may use your climbing ability to rise on summit rewarding the magical view of Manasalu, Annapurna, Mimalchuli, Buddha Himal, Lang-tang Himal, Ganesh himal and many more towering snowcapped mountain. The short but most quality time at the summit of Larkya Peak (6,249m/20,502ft), then retraces our steps to back to Base Camp.

 

Overnight at the tended Camp.

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Sometime because of favorable weather and health conditions will not allow achieving our goal. So this is the day especially considered as contingency so that being able to climb the summit on the targeted day can be compensated. This day will not be considered if no any barriers arise.

Overnight at Tended camp

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Still we walk on the lateral moraine continue to cross Larkya-La. As comfortable downhill trekking to a wider valley with a large meadow. It will be quite windy and very cold. The Larkey Glacier is not to steep and difficult but is long and continuously rocky underfoot.

Overnight in Bimtang

Meal: B.L.D.

 

The trail descends along the west bank through Hampuk (3430m), Puktu Kharka (2940m), Karche (2700m) the highest cultivated land. The valley of the Burdin Khola to the area of the Base Camp for the West side of Manaslu. From a ridge at 4150 meters, we have excellent views of Manaslu to the South East and Annapurna II to the South West. Beyond a bridge over the headwaters of the Dudh Khola, we descend into a rhododendron forests and follow a trail through a narrow valley until we reach the highest cultivated land in this valley at Karche, 2785 meters.  More terraced field and a steep ridge climb before reach to the Gurung village Gho.

Overnight in logde,

Meal: B.L.D.

Ahead a green and heavily forested valley, dropping down to the distant Marshyangdi River. At Tilje village is our final restricted area check post. Here we cross the Marshyandi River and join the main Annapurna Circuit, and the hordes of trekers. We arrive at Dharapani, a Bhote village with prayer flags fluttering in the Breeze.  Our Jeep will be waiting at Dharapani to drive to Beshisahar then drive back to Kathmandu by a A/C car/van.

Overnight in Kathmandu Boutique hotel.

Meal: Breakfast.

On your flight time, transfer from hotel to international airport to board onward journey flight. Or combine with other trip like white water rafting or safari tour at Chitwan Park. The cost would be extra for rafting and safari.

Cost, Includes and Excludes

Snowpal Trek and Expedition Pvt.Ltd. have not mentioned all the package cost on our website because of the following reason.

  1. Any cost depends on the number of the person in a group and hotel category non-star to five stars either in the cities or the Trekking area.
  2. Also, all our Itinerary and package are customizable. What we have published on our site is a guideline. This will be modified as per your requirements and time limit. You can add or reduce the activities or let us know to customize as per requirements accordingly, we calculate the cost.
  3. Our price will be adjusted in our bilateral mutual understanding that is if the client intends to add or reduce the service accordingly. Meal: Breakfast.

Cost Includes

  • Arrival and departure from Intl's airport.
  • Kathmandu sightseeing by private vehicle.
  • Kathmandu to Trekking starting point Sotikhola by 4WD Scurpio Jeep.
  • Dharapani Trekking ending point to Kathmandu by 4WD Scurpio Jeep.
  • Larkya peak climbing permit.
  • Manasalu protected Area entry special permit by Immigration office
  • Manasalu Conservation Area entry permit.
  • Annapurna Conservation Area entry permit.
  • TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System) Permit.
  • Climbing Clinic course at the base camp.
  • Gov. License holder Experienced climbing Sherpa to Summit the Larkya peak.
  • Climbing Sherpa allowances and salary
  • Climbing and Trekking staff: Climbing Sherpa, cook, kitchen helper, Necessary porters (A porter carry 25 to 30 Kg), and their food, salary, accommodations.
  • Insurance of all Nepalese staff including porters (Death, medical and accidental Heli rescue).
  • 3 nights (2 nights before and 1 nights after the trip) in a boutique hotel in Kathmandu.
  • Accommodation in teahouses during the trekking.
  • Accommodation in tented camp while climbing period.
  • Accommodation for all involved Nepalese Staff during the trekking and climbing.
  • Welcome and Fare well dinner with culture dances of different ethnic group of Nepal.
  • All meal (3 meals a day, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) during the trekking and climbing.
  • Properly boiled drinking water, tea, and coffee hot chocolate while on the trek and climbing period.
  • Climbing high altitude food.
  • Group combine climbing gear/equipments like climbing fixing rope, main rope, snow bar, Ice crew, rock pitons.
  • Camping equipment: 2 person member tent, dining tent, kitchen tent, staff and porter tent, toilet tent, Mattresses.
  • Camping Equipment Utensils: EPI Gas, Gas Stove or fuel Stove for cooking, Fuel/Kerosene oil, Cooking pots,
  • One bottle oxygen for rescue in an emergency with mask regulator.
  • A mobile set with local SIM card and charger (it Required to refund after the trip).
  • Walkie-talkie set to communicate to base camp while climbing period.
  • Garbage deposit USD 500 per permit/per group refundable as per the provisions made by NMA. (Nepal Mountaineering Association).
  • All necessary paper works, office service charge and government taxes levied in Nepal.
  • Special gifts of Snowpal Trek and Expedition Pvt. Ltd.

Cost Excludes

  • International Flight Tickets.
  • Nepal entry visa fee.
  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu (also in case of early return form trekking/expedition then the schedule itinerary).
  • Extra night in Kathmandu (In case of early arrival or late departure, early return from trekking/expedition (due to any reason) then the scheduled itinerary.
  • Bar bill and any bottled drinks such as alcohol, mineral water.
  • Sightseeing entry fee in Kathmandu.
  • Laundry expenses, hot shower, Internet, landlines phone, battery charger.
  • Personal clothing, Packing items or bags.
  • Personal trekking and climbing gear (Climbing boots, Crampons, Ice Axe/Ice hammer, Harness, Jammers, Karabiners, Finger eight/ATC guide, Tap sling etc (Can hire/buy in Kathmandu)
  • Any extra service, products offers or activities which are not mentioned in the Itinerary.
  • Any additional staff other than specified.
  • Helicopter for rescue (required to make insurance). If needed we are 24 hour ready to rescue and rescued amount will be claimed from your insurance.
  • Staff tips after the successful summit.
  • Any Services/items not mentioned in cost includes.
  • Trip Code: Larkye Peak.
  • Destination: Larkya Peak Summit
  • Group Size: A
  • Season: Spring and Autumn
  • Max Altitude: 6249m- 20,501ft
  • Trip Starts/Ends: Kathmandu/Kathmandu
  • Transportation: Bus/Jeep/Trek
  • Accomodation: Mountain Lodge and Tented Camp
  • Trip Grade: easy

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